R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic (Cabaret) Musical – Man vs Robot – takes us “back to the future” in a new musical adaptation, unveiling the ideas behind a play written in 1920 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced the word “robot” to the world. The prescience of the work will engage today’s audiences, as its focus is very much part of our global conversation: Will the combination of a robotic workforce and artificial intelligence liberate mankind from economic drudgery or will it become a superior force that threatens to overcome the human race?
We are developing R.U.R. over the summer of 2107 in the Dupont Underground, where the Alliance has been accepted as as Artists in Residence, in preparation for a full production in October 2017. This next phase of the project will challenge composer Maurice Saylor and writer Susan Galbraith with performers Nick DePinto, Meghan McCall, Pam Bierly Jusino, Ari Jacobson, and John Boulanger to “go underground” – literally! – preparing for a performance run at Dupont Underground this season.
We filmed excerpts of the production “a work in progress” in Dupont Underground in September 2016.
Alliance for New Music-Theatre in partnership with The Woodrow Wilson House continued its year-long inaugural series – “Theatre and Conversation” – evenings of lively cultural presentations in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood. On Wednesday, February 15 we presented R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic (Cabaret) Musical, with an intimate reading with music in a music-theatre adaptation by composer Maurice Saylor and director Susan Galbraith.
In September 2106, the Alliance presented the work as a reading at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage and at the Czech Embassy as part of their Mutual Inspirations Festival.
Early reading at the Czech Embassy for Mutual Inspirations Festival, September 2015